The final countdown

I can’t believe it – my year is nearly over.

What a year it has been. I am constantly in awe of how you have all supported me through all of my activities – be it bag packing, running, swimming, walking or baking!

Special thanks to Kate Wilkinson for the early morning swims, Andrea Roberts for the gym visits, all of you who have baked cakes for my sales and all of you who have come and eaten them!

Finally thank you to my gorgeous husband and two handsome boys – you have supported me through all the ups and downs over the last 12 months and now I am disappearing off around the other side of the world for 9 days. Enjoy the peace and the lack of nagging boys.

 

Busy week

It has been a very busy and very humbling week

Trying to fit training in around work has meant gym visits at 6.30am but as I now have a new gym partner – Thank you Mrs Roberts – it is all so much more fun!

I was approached this week by a mum at school who is  running the Liverpool Half Marathon on 23rd March and asked if it was ok if she got sponsored for my charity! Yes please!!

It is so kind and makes this whole thing seem so worthwhile – so thank you Jan Hughes and good luck!

 

Secondly I received a phone call from my Aunt who’s son Billy died of cardiomyopathy 13 years ago to say that she is organising a lunch at the Golf Club in my home town to raise funds for my year of challenges as well.

As soon as I have more details I will update you – but thank you Marilyn and can’t wait to hear all about it. Hope I can be there!

 

Dashing through the rain!

The Santa Dash proved to be a cold and damp experience but was enjoyed by many Santas.

Dad & Ben accompanied me and I managed it in about 50 mins which considering how little training I had been able to complete I was happy with.

There was  a fantastic drumming band which could be heard as your approached the last kilometre or so – great to keep your rhythm going.

There was an amazing sight as you began the hill up over the flyover of a constant stream of red with the blue Evertonian suits as well of course

All aboard the Santa train

All aboard the Santa train

I'm so cold!

I’m so cold!

See the trail of Santas over the flyover

See the trail of Santas over the flyover

Dashing past - nearly there

Dashing past – nearly there

Well done

Well done

Keep those knees up!

Keep those knees up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The best part of the day was breaking through the £2000 barrier on my fundraising – £2K in 2 months = very happy fundraising challenger!!!

 

This really is happening!?!?

So after another weekend with a very small amount of training – hour long hard session in the gym – reality has well and truly kicked in. The santa suit was picked up on Saturday and I realise it is now only 4 weeks to go. Argh!!!

Am also desperately trying to fit my head shave into the diary within November so watch this space for an update. There will of course be video and photographic evidence of this! Once I know the date I hope some of you will be able to come along and witness the event first hand!

Several friends have tried to put me off shaving my head by offering to sponsor me to not do it – perhaps they might like to sponsor me to do it, but buy me a hat as well!

Hello world!

I am going to be 40 in April 2014 and have decided to mark this occasion with a series of challenges throughout the next 12 months. I am hoping to raise at least £5000 for the cardiomyopathy association as my family has been deeply affected by cardiomyopathy with many members dying far too young.

If I can help raise awareness of the disease in even a small way then hopefully this will be a help to other families.

I hope you enjoy reading and seeing the ups and downs of the next 12 months and I really hope you can help me reach my target.

Thank you

Sarah x

www.justgiving.com/sarahs40thchallenge